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Thursday, October 22 • 2:40pm - 3:05pm
What Does It Mean to Put Design First?

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Well-designed spaces of the highest caliber are essential to the success and quality of life in global cities. Can design be made more of a primary consideration as new buildings and public spaces are planned and constructed in New York City? This panel will discuss the need to bring conversations about design to the forefront of development and investment decisions, and the approvals process. Can we demonstrate the value of putting design first?


Introduction
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Kent M. Swig

MAS Director; President, Swig Equities, LLC
Kent M. Swig is an owner of several real estate operating companies as well as properties throughout the United States, which include: Swig Equities, LLC President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing on the acquisition and development of real estate in New York City and California. Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and/or is in the process of developing in excess of $3 billion of properties. Terra Holdings... Read More →

Speakers
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John Cetra, AIA

Founding Principal, CetraRuddy Architecture DPC
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving, informing his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions. He is a recognized industry... Read More →
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Tommy Craig

Senior Managing Director, Hines New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Regional Office
Tommy Craig has led Hines’ New York office since 1996, serving as a senior project officer for several high-profile, complex projects including 7 Bryant Park, recently purchased by Bank of China, 53W53, an 82-story luxury condominium that includes additional MoMA galleries, and One Vanderbilt, a project for SL Green comprising the city block next to Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street. He served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate... Read More →
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Ziel Feldman

Chairman and Founder, HFZ Capital Group
Ziel Feldman is the Chairman and Founder of HFZ Capital Group, a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development company formed in 2005. With an expertise in a broad range of real estate disciplines, including underwriting, analytics, structured finance, investment, development, construction and asset management, HFZ capitalizes on development and investment opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad and has acquired, owned, developed... Read More →
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Joseph A. McMillan, Jr.

MAS Director; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DDG
Prior to the founding of DDG, Joe’s experience included Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM), a global alternative asset management firm with $46 billion in assets under management where he was a senior member of the U.S. private equity investment team; and Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL), where he was a principal and initial member of the Greenhill Capital Partners, LLC investment team managing $1.1 billion of equity... Read More →
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Faith Rose

Executive Director, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
Faith Rose is the Executive Director of the Public Design Commission, Mayor's Office of the City of New York, which reviews works of architecture, landscape architecture, urban and industrial design and public art on city-owned land. Faith was previously the Senior Design Liaison for the NYC Department of Design and Construction, where she managed the city’s Design and Construction Excellence Program. Faith received a master’s... Read More →


Thursday October 22, 2015 2:40pm - 3:05pm
The TimesCenter

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